‘That’s it Bryan. If you bring any more beams then we won’t make the Thursday deadline.’ Steve Jackel was smiling, but firm.
‘No problem, Steve. There aren’t any beams left.’ Bryan was smiling, too.
Delivering Another Two Beams to Watsonville
After coordinating the 2-inch rigid insulation for the exposed slab this morning, Bryan delivered the two 22 ft 6×14 reclaimed Douglas Fir beams to Jackel Enterprises in Watsonville. Tim was there and unloaded the beams in minutes. Then, Bryan set to work.
Bryan went through each beam, looking for reinforcing steel (rebar) and nails. In less than 45 minutes, he removed five pieces of #5 rebar (5/8-inch in diameter) from the two beams a number of nails, and a strap tie. Steve’s team will use metal detectors to verify no more metal fragments are in the two beams, then the beams can be milled.
Tim had done some initial milling of the 12-1/4 tall by 5-inch wide beam that will be in the Foyer and Master Study. It looked magnificent.
Driving to Bonny Doon
After removing all the metal, Bryan drove north through Santa Cruz to Bonny Doon. As he was driving along Highway #1, Bryan reflected on the same day (February 15) in 1998. On that day, just north of Davenport on Highway #1, Jo-Anne married Ian Fowler and Merril Schmitt. We’d love to complete our renovation/construction project and host their visit in February 2011.
Out of the Woods
To get to Dave Mechant’s mill site, one has to stop, open the gate, drive through, close the gate and get to the mill location. When the sun is shining, as it was today, it is a pleasant break in the day.
Dave and his team were milling some spectacular wood flooring. They had an order for 1,200 sq ft of vertical grain flooring, with no knots. Absolutely beautiful wood.
Measuring Our Beams
Dave will be milling our beams tomorrow so Bryan had to complete the specifications for Dave. A few minutes with the measuring tape and reviewing the beams. No problem. Just have to e-mail Dave the measurements tonight.
Back through the gate, and back to our project site.
John McLaren Visits Our Project Site
John stopped by for a quick visit. He hadn’t been to the site for several months and we’d made visible progress since then John and Bryan walked through the framed rooms on the ground floor and lower level.
He was wearing sandals and shorts, hardly appropriate for an active construction site. But he was careful.